Cultural and Art Magazines in Western Ukraine from the Underground to Alternative Press

UDC 008-028.82(477.8)-058.53(051)

Nadiia Babii

Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University. Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

ORCID 0000-0002-9572-791X


Keywords: alternative press, cultural and artistic magazine, the end of the twentieth century, myth-making, Western Ukraine.

Abstract. The article analyzes the phenomenon of alternative cultural and art magazines of Western Ukraine of the 80-90s of the XX century; based on the analysis of factual data, interviews with stakeholders, scientific discussions, it clarifies the role of the object in the interdisciplinary connections of the XXI century cultural discourse. The research determined that western cultural and art magazines of the late twentieth century played an important role for countercultural communities that were formed outside the official creative unions and also become a part of the common cultural myth under the same name. The closeness of the Chest union’s community to the aesthetics of the avant-garde was seen as opposition to the political regime, although they deliberately distanced themselves from politicization in their work as well as literary associations of the 1980s. The Сhetver (Thursday) magazine marked a new era of domestic journalism at the beginning of the 1990s, identified aesthetic criteria for alternative youth literature for a long period. The magazine became a symbol not only of a narrow circle of the get-together but also an important part of the Stanislavsky phenomenon myth, in which all visual and verbal arts were a unified whole, thus blurring internal boundaries.

Author Biography.

Nadiia Babii, PhD (Arts), Assistant Professor of the department of design
and art theory of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University.
Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.


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Published: August 10, 2020.

Vol 18 No 2 (2020).